Monday, February 9, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
I'm trying to decide what I think about Facebook (and all those other social networking sites). I like how you can get on there and see how people are doing. I like hearing from friends who are far away. It's a great way to check in on people we care about and even minister to / serve each other.
On the other hand, Face book can kill relationships. It can insulate us from engaging face -to-face with people in our own community. In fact, i just got a call from my friend Josh in Tennessee, and he brought this topic up - wierd, huh? He was talking about how the relationships we can have on computers and phones aren't the same as the ones we can have with the people we live with - the neighbor, the waitress, the barista, the teacher, the student, the co-worker, the parent, the child... you know those guys.
I think Facebook is like a lot of other things in life. It is an in and out deal. here's why...
Because you get out of it what you put in it. My wife is always talking with friends and encouraging people and hearing the latest family news on FACEBOOK! I hardly ever hear anything from anyone! Apparently, the key is actually being present on Facebook once in awhile. Just like all other relationships in life - family, church, school, community - you get out of it what you put in it. I think the point here is that we need to put a lot into relationships, of all kinds.
It is also an in and out deal because, like all forms of technology in our culture today, it is tough to get out of once you get in. I saw a study that said American kids spend like 45 hours a week engaged in some kind of technology. TV, computer, cell phone, etc. can all become addictions. When that happens, we can get completely removed from interaction with the real people Jesus cares about. Bad deal.
Maybe Facebook is like ice cream - it is really tasty, but a truckload will just make you sick! Anyway, you can drop me a note on Facebook if you want to, or send me a text or e-mail, or even call me on the phone. But if its all the same to you, let's grab a cup of coffee and do something together. I want to see you face!